Plan your visit
Car park: open, dawn-dusk.
Reserve trails: open, dawn-dusk.
Hide: open daily, dawn-dusk, Covid measures in place.
Our car park is small and visitor numbers can be high, particularly at weekends. If you are able, please try to visit the reserve during the week to avoid disappointment.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park cost
£2 (from 1 July 2019). Free for RSPB members and blue badge holders
How to get here
The nearest railway station is in the village of Islip and you can access the reserve via the Oxfordshire Way (2.1 mile walk).
Buses run infrequently between Oxford and the village of Beckley (just over a mile from the reserve). For more details see oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/oxfordshire-way.
Otmoor is connected to surrounding villages by bridleways, as well as local roads. Bike racks can be found in the reserve car park.
Otmoor is off the B4027, which links the A34 and the A40. The reserve is 10 minutes from these main roads. After entering Beckley, take Otmoor Lane next to the Abingdon Arms and follow to end of the lane. The reserve postcode is OX3 9TD.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on the public footpaths and bridleways on the reserve but must be kept under close, effective control at all times.
Dogs are not allowed off the paths onto any of the fields, nor along the visitor trail or other permissive paths. There are 'no dogs' signs on various gates to indicate which paths they cannot use.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife by not exercising your dog on the nature reserve.
Check before you travel
Visitor numbers can be high, particularly at weekends. If you are able, please try to visit the reserve during the week and car share where possible to avoid disappointment. The reserve can be found by following Otmoor lane to the very end where you will find our car park (OX3 9TD). Please be aware that parking is very limited. If the car park is full please do not park along Otmoor Lane, as this can block access for emergency vehicles.
Contact Otmoor Reserve
- RSPB Otmoor, c/o Folly Farm, Beckley, Oxford, OX3 9UR
- 01865 351163